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Law Clerk Applicants

Clerkships at the Colorado Court of Appeals are either a one year appointment beginning in September of each year or are longer-term appointments, at the discretion of the hiring judge. Service with the same appellate judge for more than one year will provide additional paid benefits and the opportunity for future annual salary increases.

Each judge hires his, her, or their own law clerks. Please see the information provided below for the details on applying for a clerkship in each Judge's chambers.

Applicants must have completed at least four semesters of law school prior to submitting application materials.

Please address inquiries and applications to the individual Judges at:
Colorado Court of Appeals, 2 East 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203

Chief Judge Judge Gilbert M. Román:  720-625-5325

Judge Román is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge John Daniel Dailey:  720-625-5340

Judge Dailey is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge David M. Furman:  720-625-5310

Judge Furman will accept applications until the position is filled, with the goal of hiring during the summer or fall for the following year. He gives primary consideration to class rank and writing experience.  Applications should contain: (1) a resume; (2) undergraduate and law school transcripts; (3) three letters of recommendation, at least one not from a law professor; and (4) writing sample of unpublished material, preferably unedited by anyone else.  Applications should be emailed to zachary.cummings@judicial.state.co.us.

Judge Jerry N. Jones:  720-625-5335

Judge Jones hires law clerks for staggered, two-year terms. He prefers to receive applications by June, and holds interviews in the Summer. Please email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (preferably one not edited by someone else), and letters of reference to jerry.jones@judicial.state.co.us. Judge Jones has hired his clerk for the 2023-2025 term.

Judge David J. Richman:  720-625-5315

Judge Richman is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge Terry Fox: 720-625-5245

Judge Fox has two law clerks, who serve staggered two-year terms.  She has hired through the 2022-2024 term but will accept applications for the 2023-2025 term from Spring 2022 through July 6, 2022.  Applicants must be willing to commit to a two-year clerkship and should be available to start in August or September 2023.  Applications should be sent by email to quentin.morse@judicial.state.co.us and should include a cover letter, resume, writing sample of unpublished material (one not edited by someone else), transcripts (undergraduate and law school), and three letters of recommendation (only one from a law school professor).  Interviews will be conducted in early August.  Out-of-state applicants must be available in Denver (at their own expense) for in person interviews.  Judge Fox may also ask the applicant to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by the judge.

Judge Stephanie Dunn: 720-625-5235

Judge Dunn is hiring for the 2023 term and accepting applications from April 1, 2022 to June 15, 2022.  Please send applications to Kelsey Fairholm at kelsey.fairholm@judicial.state.co.us.  Applications should include a cover letter, resume, official or unofficial law school transcript showing class rank, a short writing sample (preferably unedited by someone else), and not more than three letters of recommendation (with at least one from someone other than a law school professor). The letters of recommendation may be submitted after the electronic application.  Applications may be submitted with only three semesters of law school grades, but Judge Dunn asks that applicants supplement their application with fourth semester grades when they become available.  Judge Dunn may ask applicants to prepare an original writing sample based on a fact pattern supplied by the judge.

Judge Anthony Navarro: 720-625-5250

Judge Navarro hires law clerks for staggered, two-year terms.  He has hired for the 2023-2025 term, and will not take applications for the 2024-2026 term until summer 2023.  Applications should be submitted by email to felix.hollaway@judicial.state.co.us and should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript showing class rank; (4) a writing sample of up to fifteen double-spaced pages (which may be a portion of a larger document), preferably not edited by someone else; and (5) three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a practicing attorney or judge for whom the applicant has been employed or interned.  Judge Navarro will interview the finalists.  He may also ask finalists to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by him. 

Judge Michael H. Berger: 720-625-5230

Judge Berger is not currently accepting applications for law clerks. 

Judge Elizabeth Harris:  720-625-5330

Judge Harris is no longer accepting applications for judicial clerkships for the 2023-2024 term.   

Judge Rebecca R. Freyre: 720-625-5225

Judge Freyre hires law clerks for staggered two-year terms.  Applications should be submitted by email to allen.slater@judicial.state.co.us. and include a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample of unpublished material representing the applicant’s sole work, law school transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and up to three letters of recommendation.  The 2023-2025 position is filled.  Judge Freyre will begin accepting applications for the 2024-2026 term on May 1, 2023.

Judge Craig R. Welling: 720-625-5210 

Judge Welling is not currently accepting applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge Ted C Tow III:  720-625-5205

Judge Tow hires law clerks for staggered, two-year terms.  Judge Tow has hired through the 2023-2025 term.  Applications should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) a law school transcript (official if available); (4) three letters of recommendation; and (5) a writing sample that has not been substantially edited by someone else.  

Judge Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov 720-625-5220

Judge Lipinsky is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships

Judge Matthew D. Grove:  720-625-5305

Judge Grove is not taking applications for the 2023-2025 clerkship terms.  Generally, Judge Groves applications should  include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript showing class rank; (4) a writing sample of up to fifteen double-spaced pages (which may be a portion of a larger document), preferably not edited by someone else; and (5) three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a current or former supervisor.  Applications may be submitted with only three semesters of law school grades, but Judge Grove asks that applicants supplement with fourth semester grades when they become available. 

Judge Neeti Pawar 720-625-5126

Judge Pawar is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge Jacyln Brown 720-625-5300

Judge Brown is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge Sueanna P. Johnson

Judge Johnson hires law clerks for two-year staggered terms. Applications for the 2023-2025 term are due June 1, 2022, with interviews conducted in mid-June/early July 2022 with an offer extended early August 2022 to begin work in August/September 2023.  Applicants should submit electronically the following: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official law school transcript; (4) three letters of recommendation (two which must be from a judge or lawyer with whom the applicant interned or was employed); and (5) a writing sample no more than 10 pages double-spaced (may be part of a larger piece of work and must not be a law review article) that is certified fully written and edited by the applicant.  In the cover letter, the applicant is free to address any challenges or experiences they had in getting to or during law school that has made the applicant’s background unique.  Application materials may be received separately so long as all application materials are submitted by the deadline.  Application should be submitted to David.Jennings@judicial.state.co.us  and  Ana.Olivas@judicial.state.co.us.

Judge Christina F. Gomez

Judge Gomez has two law clerks who serve staggered, two-year terms.  Judge Gomez has hired for the 2023-2025 term.  Applications for the 2024-2026 term will be accepted in Spring 2023, with a deadline of June 1, 2023, and should be emailed to  nicole.sotoquintero@judicial.state.co.us.  Applicants should submit the following: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) undergraduate and law school transcripts; (4) three letters of recommendation (preferably not more than two from law school professors); and (5) a writing sample (preferably one not edited by others and preferably not a law school paper or law review article).

Judge David H. Yun  720-625-5345

Judge Yun is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge W. Eric Kuhn 

Judge Kuhn hires law clerks for staggered, two-year terms.  Applications for clerkships starting in for the 2023-2025 term should be sent to catherine.darch@judicial.state.co.us.  Applications should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript; (4) three letters of recommendation; and (5) a writing sample (preferably one that is not edited by someone else). 

Judge Timothy Schutz: 702-625-5241

Judge Schutz hires law clerks for two-year staggered terms.  Applications for the 2024-2026 term are due June 30, 2023.  Interviews with be conducted in July 2023, with an offer extended early August 2022 to begin work in the summer of 2024..  Applicants should submit electronically the following: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official law school transcript; (4) two or three letters of recommendation (no more than one from a professor); (5) a statement, not to exceed five pages, addressing any unique challenges you faced in reaching and/or attending law school; and (6) a statement, not to exceed five pages, articulating how you intend to utilize your law degree to move our justice system closer to the highest ideals of America’s founding principles.  Application should be submitted  to meralee.hoffelt@judicial.state.co.us and  rachel.blue@judicial.state.co.us 

 

The Colorado Judicial Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Concerns or questions regarding Equal Employment Opportunities in the Colorado Judicial Department should be sent to:

Steven Vasconcellos
State Court Administrator
1300 Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80203

 

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